NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Revitalized neighborhoods with thriving business districts of trendy boutiques and art galleries, cozy coffee shops, upscale dining and a lively nightlife scene have evolved Nashville from its country music and college town roots to a hip travel destination for foodies, hipsters and music-lovers of all genres.If you haven’t visited Music City […]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Revitalized neighborhoods with thriving business districts of trendy boutiques and art galleries, cozy coffee shops, upscale dining and a lively nightlife scene have evolved Nashville from its country music and college town roots to a hip travel destination for foodies, hipsters and music-lovers of all genres.
If you haven’t visited Music City recently, here are four reasons you should slip on your cowboy boots and head to Tennessee’s capital city.
Dine in Nashville’s vibrant culinary scene
The emerging culinary scene has landed Music City on the gastronomic map — and there is so much more than hot chicken and Southern cuisine.
For traditional “meat and three” head to Puckett’s Grocery or Arnold’s Country Kitchen. At Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, diners listen to live music and sip bourbon cocktails while feasting on Southern favorites like pulled pork, moonshine-glazed salmon and sweet potatoes.
Farm-to-table concept eateries are popping up, including Josephine, food-critic-approved Rolf & Daughters in the historic Germantown neighborhood, and the Farm House in downtown Nashville’s SoBro district. The Farm House chef Trey Cioccia creates dishes with a modern take on traditional Southern food using locally sourced ingredients — sometimes from the chef’s own garden.
With at least one food festival per month, there is enough eating to do in Nashville to keep foodie travelers well-fed any time of year.
Shop ’til you drop at posh boutiques
The Hillsboro Village, Green Hills and 12South neighborhoods are home to hip boutiques and unique shops, making Nashville a fabulous girls’ weekend destination.
Brunch at blvd, Nashville, a French bistro, or try one of 21 pancake flavors at the Pancake Pantry, a Nashville breakfast tradition for decades, before shopping the Hillsboro Village boutiques for trendy jewelry and accessories, fashionable clothing, one-of-a-kind gifts and shabby-chic home décor. Then cool down with an ice cream or refreshing iced tea at Hot & Cold, or grab a flavored latte at Fido — one of Taylor Swift’s favorite hangouts.
Listen to live music anywhere and everywhere in Music City
By the time you retrieve your luggage from Nashville International Airport’s baggage claim, you’ll likely already have heard the twang of a guitar. In Nashville, you’ll hear live music just about everywhere — the airport, street corners, shops, restaurants, bars and, of course, the Lower Broadway honky tonks.
A center of the music industry, many well-known musicians call Nashville home, including stars of ABC’s TV show “Nashville,” the Black Keys and Kings of Leon, and they have been known to perform around town.
At the honky tonks — Legends Corner, The Stage and Robert’s Western World to name a few — up-and-coming artists perform covers of Darius Rucker, Journey, Gretchen Wilson and Neil Diamond tunes. It’s heavy on the boot-stompin’ country songs — the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark” and Blake Shelton’s “Boys ’Round Here” are honky tonk staples — but the bands usually add some surprising covers.
Explore country music’s rich history
History buffs and music aficionados will find much to see and do in Music City—see a show at Opryland, go backstage at the beautiful Ryman Auditorium, view the largest collection of memorabilia from the “Man in Black” at the Johnny Cash Museum, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and tour RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded more than 250 of his songs.
After sightseeing or catching a show at the Mother Church of Country Music, walk across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium to Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge. The historic Nashville honky tonk was patronized by country legends Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. Along the Wall of Fame, you’ll find photos of other famous Tootsie’s customers, and you can enjoy a longneck while listening to a band that could be a future Grand Ole Opry inductee.